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From BR Bullpen
Richard J. Albert
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 170 lb.
- School University of Buffalo
 Biographical Information
Rick Albert has been in the Atlanta Braves system as a player, coach, and manager since 1972.
 Playing Career
Signing with Atlanta as an undrafted free agent, Albert hit .326/~.441/.478 for the 1972 Wytheville Braves. He scored 53 runs in 65 games and drew 44 walks. HE was 6th in the Appalachian League in batting average, but fielded .883 at shortstop. In 1973, he moved on to the Greenwood Braves and batted .261/~.410/.355. He was second in the Western Carolinas League with 88 walks, two less than leader Willie Randolph and led the loop in sacrifice hits (12) and times hit by pitch (11). He stole 15 bases in 18 tries. His fielding also was much better and his .951 fielding percentage led the WCL's shortstops. He made the league All-Star team.
In 1974, Rick split the year between Greenwood (.291/~.390/.326 in 24 games) and the Savannah Braves (.225/~.368/.297 in 40 games). In 1975, he spent some time with Savannah (.245/~.330/.294 in 31 games) but spent most of the year with the Lynchburg Rangers, where he hit .281/~.420/.364. He was 7th in the Carolina League in average and was selected to the league All-Star team at shortstop.
Back in Savannah for 1976, Albert batted .229/~.351/.300 while splitting time between short and third. His 17 sacrifice hits led the Southern League. In his last year as a player, he was a utility man for Savannah and batted .221/~.256/.326.
Albert took over for Luis Salazar as interim manager of the Lynchburg Hillcats in 2011, after Salazar lost an eye after being hit by a foul ball in the Braves' dugout during a spring training game. He managed the team for the season's first road trip, until Salazar took back the reins for the team's home opener on April 15.
 Coaching Career
- Coach GCL Braves 1978-1981, 1989-1993, 1995
- Manager Pulaski Braves 1982
- Manager Anderson Braves 1983-1984
- Coach Richmond Braves 1987, 2002-2006
- Manager Burlington Braves 1988
- Coach Durham Bulls 1994
- Coach Eugene Emeralds 1996
- Manager GCL Braves 1998-2001
- Coach Myrtle Beach Pelicans 2007-2010
- Coach GCL Braves 2011
- Coach Danville Braves 2012
 Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|1982||Pulaski Braves||Appalachian League||36-33||3rd||Atlanta Braves|
|1983||Anderson Braves||South Atlantic League||64-79||7th||Atlanta Braves|
|1984||Anderson Braves||South Atlantic League||61-82||9th||Atlanta Braves|
|1988||Burlington Braves||Midwest League||40-58||11th||Atlanta Braves||replaced Grady Little (20-22) on May 24|
|1997||Danville Braves||Appalachian League||30-38||7th (t)||Atlanta Braves|
|1998||GCL Braves||Gulf Coast League||25-35||12th||Atlanta Braves|
|1999||GCL Braves||Gulf Coast League||27-33||10th||Atlanta Braves|
|2000||GCL Braves||Gulf Coast League||26-34||10th||Atlanta Braves|
|2001||GCL Braves||Gulf Coast League||30-30||8th||Atlanta Braves|
|2011||Lynchburg Hillcats||Carolina League||1-4||--||Atlanta Braves||interim for Luis Salazar until April 15|
|Rome Braves||South Atlantic League||32-24||11th||Atlanta Braves||replaced Matt Walbeck (28-56) on July 7|
 Related Sites
- Sources include 1973-1978 Baseball Guides: